Noda's ministers blame him for losing their seats in election
Several members of Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s cabinet, who lost their seats in last Sunday’s lower house election, on Tuesday blamed Noda for their defeat.
Noda held a cabinet meeting in the morning at which he apologized to his ministers for the Democratic Party of Japan’s heavy loss. Eight of them lost their seats in the election. However, after the meeting, a number of ministers held news conferences at which they criticized Noda.
Education Minister Makiko Tanaka, who on Monday said she would learn from the defeat and start all over again, was more blunt on Tuesday. She said the atmopshere at the cabinet meeting was like a funeral parlor, Fuji TV reported. Tanaka said Noda dissolved the lower house in desperation, despite the opposition of some ministers and rank-and-file party members. She called his decision egocentric and said she knew from the very beginning it would be suicidal for the party, Fuji TV reported.
Another defeated cabinet member, Finance Minister Koriki Jojima, also said Noda’s decision was too hasty, while Postal Reform Minister Mikio Shimoji said that Noda should have waited until tax reform and budget bills were passed first before dissolving the lower house.